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How Many Windows Updates Does It Take To Fully Update ...Windows XP Professional?
 


With Windows XP Service Pack 3 fast approaching, I thought I would find out how many updates it takes to fully update Windows XP Professional. I installed Windows XP Professional [Pre SP1] and then took a trip to Windows update...

Here is what I found...

2 Updates

Just two updates to start with, which are required to use the latest version of Windows update.

Total Download Size: =1.7MB

Restart Required: Yes


16 Updates

16 High-priority updates.

Total Download Size: =19.5MB

Restart Required: Yes


SP2

As it was offered, I decided to install Windows XP Service Pack 2.

Total Download Size: ~75MB

Restart Required: Yes

 


2 Updates

Two more updates are required to use the latest version of Windows update.

Total download size: =2.9MB

Restart Required: Yes


81 Updates

81 High-priority updates.

Total Download Size: =52.5MB

Restart Required: Yes


2 Updates

2 High-priority updates.

Total Download Size: =2.5MB

Restart Required: Yes


All Done ...for now

All done.

There are no more High-priority updates to install.


So there you have it, it only takes 104 High-priority updates, approximately 154.1MB and six restarts to update Windows XP Professional.

But to be fair this was updating Windows XP Professional, with neither Service Pack 1 or 2 initially installed. Most would have Service Pack 2 installed. So I then installed Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2. I then took another trip to Windows update and here is what I found...


3 Updates

Just three updates to start with, which are required to use the latest version of Windows update.

Total Download Size: =4MB

Restart Required: Yes


82 Updates

82 High-priority updates.

Total Download Size: =60.5MB

Restart Required: Yes


2 Updates

2 High-priority updates.

Total Download size: =2.5MB

Restart Required: Yes


All done.

There are no more High-priority updates to install.


So it only takes 87 High-priority updates, approximately 67MB and three restarts to get Windows XP with Service Pack 2 up to date.

But what would it take to install all optional software updates that are offered?

Taking our previously up to date [High-priority updates] Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2, I decided to find out...


10 Updates

10 optional software updates.

Total Download Size: =131.3MB

Restart Required: Yes


10 Updates

There are now 10 High-priority updates to install.

Total Download Size: =39.1MB

Restart Required: Yes


1 Updates

1 High-priority update.

Total Download Size: =8.8MB

Restart Required: No


1 Updates

1 optional software update.

Total download size: =413KB

Restart required: No


All Done

All done.

No more updates to install.


So a further 22 updates [11 optional and 11 high-priority] totalling 180MB and two restarts are required to fully update Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2.

Summary...

As a non scientific experiment [of course] it would seem that any user of Windows XP Professional with Services Pack 2 is in for some heavy updating and a number of restarts. However with a modern broadband connection and decent system it shouldn't take too long to get Windows up to date. Providing you do have Service Pack 2 installed you will be looking at:

Total Updates: 109

Total Download Size: 247MB

Restarts Required: 5

Roll on Windows XP Service Pack 3...

Note: As Windows XP is updated monthly, the above number of updates, download size, number of restarts will vary and may not reflect what you see above.

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